Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Teachers Are Feeding Critical Race Theory to Our Kids. Look What’s Happening in Wisconsin

A widespread, vigorous debate is going on in this country right now about critical race theory and if it should be taught in our local schools.

Critical race theory is an academic discipline that has been around for decades but only recently became the ideology of the far left in its push to tear down our country, destroy the principles our country was founded on, and eliminate the protections every American is afforded under the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Critical race theory seeks to fundamentally and profoundly change the United States forever.

Critical race theory preaches that the United States was founded on racism, grew to become the successful nation that it is today because of this racism, and that our country, still today, is fundamentally defined by our racism and racism is found in everything that we do and that we do not do.

Christopher Rufo, director of the Initiative on Critical Race Theory at the Manhattan Institute, writes that “critical race theory prescribes a revolutionary program that would overturn the principles of the Declaration of Independence and destroy the remaining structure of the Constitution.”

Critical race theory replaces the founding principles of this country such as equality, excellence, and equal protection under the law and replaces them with the communist ideal of equity, that is, every American, no matter their ability, work ethic, or moral fiber, should end up achieving the same result.

Instead of every single one of us, no matter the color of our skin, no matter our ethnicity, or our current lot in life, being guaranteed certain unalienable rights by our creator, under critical race theory, we would be dictated to by the all-mighty government that no matter our individual merit, ability, or talent, we will all end up in the same place, an equal place.

As the critical race theory debate heated up nationally, our readers requested we investigate to see if critical race theory was being taught directly in our classrooms here in Wisconsin or being used at the district level to shape the curriculum used to teach our children. We supplemented our own investigation and research with the dozens of tips we received from friends all across the state.

We found that critical race theory—or one of the many other names for critical race theory, like culturally responsive teaching, equity, anti-racism, woke, implicit bias, white privilege—is being taught in many school districts all across the state and is quickly on its way to fundamentally changing K-12 education in Wisconsin.

Parents need to wake up to what critical race theory is, what critical race theory will do to their children’s education, and speak up before it is too late.


Waltz Follows Up After West Point Failed to Deliver Full Answers on Critical Race Theory

Republican Congressman Mike Waltz, a Green Beret who fought in Afghanistan, the Middle East and Africa, is continuing his efforts to eliminate Critical Race Theory from West Point's curriculum.

In another letter to West Point Superintendent Lieutenant General Darryl Williams, Waltz is asking a series of follow up questions after detailed documents and teachings of CRT were not sent for review.

"While I appreciate the substantive details you provided, I did not receive 'the full presentation of these seminars, presentations, assemblies, and other related curricula' that I have respectfully requested in my oversight capacity as a Member of Congress on the House Armed Services Committee. My request still stands," Waltz wrote.

"In a screenshot of a slide obtained by me, as described in my previous letter, the title 'Understanding Whiteness and White Rage' is depicted. This title is an incendiary overview that is by no means subtle, as are her highly politicized public statements. Why was a guest lecturer who characterized the former Commander-in-Chief as a 'white nationalist' and the Republican Party platform 'white nationalism' invited to teach cadets who should aspire to lead an a-political military? Was there a vetting process and review of her statements made on social media and in media prior to extending her an offer to teach Military Academy cadets?" he continued. "CRT is a theoretical framework, rooted in Marxism, that posits individuals as oppressed or oppressor based on their gender, race, or sexual orientation. These teachings posit Americans as the oppressed or an oppressor—a status from which you are freed only when all existing societal structures, which are inherently systemically racist, are torn down or overthrown. Not only are these teachings antithetical to unity, discipline, and order within the U.S. Army, they are incredibly disturbing given the monopoly on power our military can have over American society and for their implications towards the continued subordination of the military to civilian oversight."

Waltz introduced legislation last month to "prohibit the United States military and academies from promoting doctrines associated with CRT" and is working to include additional legislation that would "prohibit U.S. Military Academies from providing training and education based on CRT" in the National Defense Authorization Act.


Virginia teacher fighting critical race theory on behalf of her students

Virginia teacher Lilit Vanetsyan said her colleagues are afraid to speak out against critical race theory for fear of losing their jobs.

Lilit Vanetsyan, a teacher in Fairfax County, Virginia, confronted school board officials in neighboring Loudoun County on Tuesday to push back against what she described as radical lesson plans that will teach kids to "root for socialism by the time they get to middle school."

"Parents, the longer that you wait and don't have your child's schools accountable, gives these guys more time to dictate what's best for your child's physical, mental, and emotional health," she said, pointing to the board as she spoke from the podium at Tuesday's school board meeting.

She joins a growing number of parents and educators who are speaking out against the controversial critical race theory, which opponents argue is a divisive curriculum that teaches adolescents to judge one another by the color of their skin.

"Students, you are on the front lines of these indoctrination camps. Challenge the staff when you are presented with a ludicrous statement, and do not allow anybody to tell you that you cannot accomplish anything because of your skin color, or to hate yourself because of your skin color," Vanetsyan intoned. "Students, it is up to you to be the next generation of victims, or victors."

Vanetsyan's final message was for the school board: "And finally, to the board, this isn't over. And your policies as just as -" she's heard saying before her mic cut out.

Social media users gave her rave reviews. "Share this everywhere. Every parent, teacher and student should hear it," conservative comedian Tim Young tweeted.


Australia: What they don’t tell you about elite private schools

This author resolutely misattributes the strong correlation between parents and chidren in educational matters. Smart parents tend to have smart kids and there is little you can do to reverse that.

And there is also a strong correlation between educational achievement and social class. It grates on Leftists to hear this but educational achievement and social class are both genetically determined. Rich kids do indeed tend to be middle class but that is because of their genetics not "privilege"

Education and who gets it is the focus of the third book by Brisbane-raised author Bri Lee, and she pulls no punches about the inequality in the city’s schools. An interview:

Can you tell me what sparked the idea for this book?

In 2018 my friend Damian started his Rhodes Scholarship over at Oxford University and when I went to visit him he took me on a tour of Rhodes House and the rest of the university. Back then I felt that something like a Rhodes Scholarship was the absolute apex of achievement for academic-slash-intellectual people so I felt like he was a “winner” and I was a “loser”.

The more I learned on that trip, though, and then in the years of research since, the more I realised how rigged the game is.

And also, how truly horrific the legacies of these institutions and systems can be.

If a school or institution or a program is supposed to be about knowledge sharing but actually gets all its value and appeal from the number of people it excludes, then we have to ask some tough questions.

Q. In Queensland and particularly Brisbane, people are often asked what school they went to. How relevant is this to someone’s success?

Unfortunately it is hugely relevant.

The single biggest correlative factor in terms of student success, is parental income. In Australia, over the past couple of decades in particular, we have seen a “drift” of every family who can afford the fees sending their children to private schools and the result is that about 80 per cent of students with some kind of disadvantage are being left behind at underfunded state schools.

Catholic and independent schools can use all kinds of interview and testing procedures to exclude children they don’t want to teach, which is blatantly unethical.

In this country, some schools have orchestra pits and firing ranges, while others cannot afford to run breakfast programs for kids who aren’t getting fed enough at home, and we tell ourselves we have “equality of opportunity”? You’ve gotta be kidding me.

Q. After writing this book are there any conclusions you came to about private versus public education?

Plenty! The main thing is that out of all OECD nations, Australia ranks fourth worst for having a segregated schooling system according to socio-economic class.

Every year that the current funding and political plan progresses, the worse this divide gets.

Other OECD countries with better outcomes for kids don’t have this split down the middle, where so many children are at private schools.

And we scratch our heads and wonder why our overall PISA (Program for International Assessment) literacy and numeracy rates are still decreasing.

The problem is obvious. The solution requires courage and political willpower.

Private schools are rarely co-ed? What did you discover about the success of girls and boys in these schools?

Research shows girls at single-sex schools are better able to accurately measure how well they are doing, particularly with science and maths subjects. When they are in co-educational settings they are made to feel bad about themselves and their abilities.

Boys benefit from proximity to girls and their confidence in themselves translates to better results.

The real value of single-sex schools for boys is in the “Old Boys” networks, where men can find employment opportunities, mentors, and defence barristers.

This is true of “Old Girls” network but to a lesser extent.

Overall my opinion is it’s just weird and unhealthy to have kids growing up never interacting with other genders.

Q. How much do you think your and your brother’s schooling impacted your life?

Hugely. Something my research for this book made me confront and articulate is that my wonderfully comfortable life now was almost predestined, thanks to my world-class education.

I was almost certainly going to end up middle class, and with these qualifications and a white-collar job.

That’s not to say I didn’t work hard but I think what lots of middle-class Australians don’t like to acknowledge is plenty of people work just as hard as we do and don’t end up as comfortable as we are.

We tell ourselves stories about “deserving” and “social mobility” that are mostly myths.

Q. What persistent myths around intelligence do you debunk in the book?

Hopefully a few.

One big one that really annoys me is the way we tell children there are “all kinds of ways to be smart” – re-branding interpersonal skills, kindness and self-awareness as types of intelligence in order to value them just reinforces the problem.

I wish we didn’t automatically allocate morality and worth to people who have “intelligence”. Also something the book deals with is that at each point in human history when we think we have found a way to quantify intelligence, white supremacists and eugenicists appear and start acting horrifically.

Honestly, it’s a relief we don’t yet know much at all about how or why the brain does what it does. History tells us there are some types of knowledge humans can’t be trusted with.




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